Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: How do you deal with runner burnout?. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post.
This seems like a fitting topic as World Mental Health Day was yesterday. Over the past two, years I have made a huge effort to be more in tune with my mental health. Sometimes this means doing some form of self care no matter how big or small. Other times it’s getting in a high intensity workout like a Saturday60 bootcamp or OTF class.
Running burnout happens when you run often without taking enough time to rest and recover.
For this post, I wanted to share links to a few great articles about how to deal with runner burnout. They explain it better and give helpful solutions way better than I could!
13 Ways to Avoid Running Burnout – Marathon Training and Beyond
If you don’t read Amanda’s blog, you definitely should! I learn so much about different products and have read endless amounts of good advice on her posts. Although this is geared more toward marathon training, I think many tips can be applied to running in general.
As Burnout Rages On, Here’s How to Avoid It in Your Running
Another great article, especially the tip about social media. I think sometimes we neglect to acknowledge that what we expose ourselves to on social media does play into how we feel about running in general.
How To Avoid Overtraining Or Runner’s Burn Out
This article also talks about overtraining. I definitely overtrained for my second marathon which resulted in a terrible race.
When I first started running, I often wondered how many days were “ideal” for running. This article does a great job of breaking that down.
Tell me: How do you deal with runner burnout?
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Fortunately, I’ve never had to deal with runner burnout. In fact, similar to you, a high-intensity workout is often a way to release stress.
Having said that, I sometimes get injured, forcing me to take a break from running. While I miss running during these times, there are several other ways to stay fit!
Thanks for sharing these links, Kim – and beautifully tied in with World Mental Health Day. I don’t get runner burnout as such, but I do suffer from post-race blues after a big goal race.
Darlene S. Cardillo says
I agree. Amanda’s blog is great.
I overtrained for my 3rd half. It was terrible.
Otherwise I have not had runner burnout.
I run for fun. Race a lot. And my friends keep me sane.
Kimberly Hatting says
Knock wood, I don’t think I’ve ever truly had burnout, but I have had my fair share of Runner Frustration, LOL For me, over-training has almost always been the culprit. I just can’t do excess miles, and whenever I try to sneak in a few “extra” miles, I usually pay for it. That said, I’ve learned to appreciate that I don’t seem to need high mileage for my own version of success in the running shoes and on the race courses. Besides, I have too many other fitness activities to do…I’d miss all of them if I spent all my fitness time pounding the pavement.
Deborah Brooks says
I have for sure over trained in the past especially when I was participating in triathlons. For me, if there is a day where I don’t want to run on a run day, I know something is wrong. I am a lower mileage runner so this usually doesn’t happen.This is the really the reason why I am not doing a full marathon
Debbie @ Deb Runs says
Thanks for the reminder of Amanda’s blog. I haven’t checked it out recently… Luckily, I never dealt with runner’s burnout, even back in the days of running 50-mile weeks. I was often running with friends back then and I think that helped, though. These days I’m lucky to run 6 miles a week so there’s no risk of a burnout happening anytime soon. LOL
Usually when I’m feeling burned out I try to change it up, whether it’s my route, new shoes or varying my runs with hills or speed work.
Zenaida Arroyo says
I have dealt with runner’s burnout. I just stopped running. It helped. Then when I was ready to do it again, I ran whenever I wanted. I ran for fun!